It’s time for Stephen A. Smith to debate some new faces on First Take. One that is sure to raise some eyebrows is former Heisman winner Tim Tebow.
While the ESPN show’s choice to bring on former Cowboy and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin was anticipated, First Take shocked audiences when announcing Tebow would be an additional guest host. Irvin will appear on Monday episodes, while Tebow will be a regular on Fridays.
Tebow’s expertise on the show will be college football, as he will debate the upcoming weekend matchups on the show.
Tebow was released by the Jaguars on Aug. 17 after he was signed as a tight end in an attempt to revive his NFL career under head coach Urban Meyer, his coach at Florida.
Irvin, on the other hand, will use his previous NFL experience to review the NFL games from the previous week. He currently acts as an analyst for NFL Network, too.
Tebow’s unique athletic career appears to be over. After being a superstar quarterback at Florida, he had a short-lived (if not memorable) NFL career on the Broncos and Jets. He then played minor league baseball in the Mets organization for four years.
Commenting on college football is nothing new for Tebow. He has occasionally appeared as a college football analyst on ESPN and the SEC Network from as far back as 2013. This will be his first consistent host position.
This decision to establish more permanent hosts on First Take comes after Max Kellerman’s final episode on Wednesday after five years. Smith and host Molly Qerum Rose will continue on the show.